Photo special: Bob Dylan and The Band Oakland Feb 11 1974 (and audio):
All photos taken by Chris Bradford:
“I am a high school English teacher, but have also taught French and. Photography. My passion for many years, besides photography and music, has been baseball. I coached at the same high school for 35 years and have had 4 players play in the Major Leagues. I also coached for 10 summers in the Alaska League, a college-level league, 5 summers in Anchorage and 5 in Honolulu, Hawaii. My photographic interests these days revolve primarily around travel. My wife and I go somewhere e every summer, our favorite destinations being Cuba, Italy, Croatia, Morocco, France and Southeast Asia, and numerous other destinations. I am currently in the laborious process of scanning most of my thousands of rock n roll slides and negatives. Feel free to email me if you have questions about artists you may want to see photographs of. [email protected]“
A while ago we here at Alldylan got an email from Chris where he told us that he had started digitizing his old slides, among them quite a few Dylan photos never before published. He asked if we would like to publish some of them on Alldylan. We were stunned, what an offer! We wrote back and said that we would be honoured. We will publish several posts with photos from several Dylan’s tours, and after that we will maybe post other artists. Chris has pictures of great historic value and he can be contacted if anyone wants to buy Hi-Res shots for printing.
We have put in some information and audio, just to bring us back in time along with Chris’s photos.
I must say that Chris is not very happy with the technical quality on this first batch of photos, but I think they are of great value to all Dylan fans and of Rock’n Roll history buffs so I asked him to allow us to publish them anyway.
Here are the first pictures, more will follow 🙂
Towards the end of the tour, Dylan and the Band made a stop at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Dylan would write in his tour diary that, though he felt the Oakland shows went fairly well, he had done them on little sleep. Meanwhile, Dylan’s performances became less and less restrained, and Dylan would later acknowledge this in an interview taken in 1980. “When Elvis did ‘That’s All Right, Mama’ in 1955, it was sensitivity and power. In 1969, it was just full-out power. There was nothing other than just force behind that. I’ve fallen into that trap, too. Take the 1974 tour. It’s a very fine line you have to walk to stay in touch with something once you’ve created it … Either it holds up for you or it doesn’t.”
Dylan’s wife, Sara, was present at those final shows, and during the final show of the tour (which took place on Valentine’s Day), Dylan broke from the standard setlist to play Sara’s favorite song, “Mr. Tambourine Man”. Accompanied by Garth Hudson on accordion, it was only the song’s second appearance on the entire tour, and would not be included on Before the Flood.
Here are 12 of the songs with lovely sound:
The Complete Set List:
Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
Lay Lady Lay
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
It Ain’t Me Babe
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Stage Fright [The Band]
Night They Drove Old Dixie Down [The Band]
King Harvest [The Band]
When You Awake
Up On Cripple Creek [The Band]
All Along The Watchtower
Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
The Times They Are A Changin’
Don’t Think Twice
Gates Of Eden
Just Like A Woman
Its Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Rag Mama Rag [The Band]
This Wheel’s On Fire [The Band]
The Shape I’m In [The Band]
The Weight [The Band]
Highway 61 Revisited
Like A Rolling Stone
Blowin’ In the Wind
1-5, 7-9, 15-19 Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Garth Hudson (organ, piano and clavinette), Richard Manual (keyboards), Rick Danko (bass), Levon Helm (drums).
6 Bob Dylan (piano).
10-14 Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, harmonica).